All About: the New York State Museum

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If you haven’t ever been to the NYS Museum in Albany, it is definitely a day to put on your calendar.  First of all, it’s free (donations appreciated), they have a carousel (also free), they are open Monday-Saturday, and they have lots of family-friendly exhibits and programs.
Here is a list of my museum tips to make the trip more successful!

  • Go early in the day when the museum is most quiet and the kids have a better chance of behaving.
  • Think ahead about stroller vs. walking for toddlers (stroller probably best), baby carrier vs. stroller for an infant (my preference is baby carrier).
  • Comfy shoes for all, mama’s included, and a backpack over a cute handbag or diaper bag is probably easiest.
  • Be prepared.  If you’re driving to Albany from Malta or points North of, expect a thirty minute plus car ride, so pack accordingly.  Snacks for the car, a non-messy snack for inside the museum, and definitely a cooler bag with drinks and maybe even a lunch for the car ride home.
  • Keeping their interest while at the museum?  Know where to go!  Print out this map and have an idea of the spots you’d like to hit.  Keep the carousel on reserve if and when things get boring, but try not to mention it ahead of time!  Also, keep it real.  Don’t expect to do everything.  Go back without kids for that!
  • Set realistic expectations and don’t worry if this trip is a bust.  You can always go back!

New York State Museum

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed Sundays
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Location:  Cultural Education Center of the Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY  On Madison Avenue, across the Plaza from the State Capitol Building.   (518) 474-5877
Parking:  Parking is available in the two lots adjacent to the Museum, both off of Madison Avenue.

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